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    September 18, 2010
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ects include dry mouth, constipation and trouble passing urine. now, i'm managing my chronic bronchitis every day. ask your doctor if once-daily spiriva is right for you. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> hello, i'm tucker carlson, remember that last seen in radars of the lost ark when the ark is stashed away for safekeeping in an enormous warehouse? there are no arks here. but there are a lot of books. i'm standing in the middle of a 250,000 square foot textbook square house. this is what $15 million in textbooks look like. it's all part of a 10 billion-dollar a year business. dominated by just three publishers. the mcgraw-hill companies. pearson education, and who heton mifflin company. we requested interviews with all of them. let's see ifldpeak
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see if you can answer this question. do you really know what isqu inside your children's textbooks?m talking a talking about textbooks from kindergarten through college.o. make no mistake there is atake battle being fought for theeioh amerds of future generations of americans. yoho wins and who loses is up to you. tonight we expos the underbelly of the textbook industry. from the biggest elementary schools to the smallest one room schoolhouses to virtual classrooms. it seems that no matter who you ask, when the topic is textbooks, everyone has got something to say. something to say. join dockty trait our childreno >> they talk about the evil oiy companies throwing toxic waste into the ocean. tox >> you can only criticize the oppressor. is thereery thite skin areabout the oppressor. teach chao whether or not my child oose would read harry potter. >> we are not making all
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students feel welcome. >> regardless of the school will be the new form of apartheid. >> ladies and gentlemen, molly healey and her book bag. >> whoa. >> illinois mom karen healey says totting around textbook is a real drag for her daughters patsy and molly. >> molly was literally pulling her bag down the block. the mom in me said why are you dragging your backpack? and she looked at me with tears and said "you told me to bring every book home." >> let's weigh this thing. you want to? >> sure. >> holy smokes, molly. let's weigh patsy's bag. i'm impressed couldn't flex for me? whoa. >> besides being a pain in the back as you will see, some textbooks are full of outright lies, completely missing basic facts, or push agendas hidden or otherwise. fox news reporting crisscrossed the country to find out what
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experts, teachers, and parents have to say about what's being taught and what's being read. >> now roy and silo were fathers. we will call her tango. >> there are two thanksgiving celebrations. one is in april and one is no november. >> in a multi cultural community like el paso, they might celebrate two thanksgivings but in this one they're talking about the hispanic-mexican thanksgiving held in april of 1598. >> mcgraw hill's in charge of two year development we live together. it was ordered for texas and first published in 2002. it's still used today in second grade classrooms. two thanksgivings might be the standard in el paso but fox news reporting discovered this 2003 edition in a small town in new
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jersey. >> if you were to think that a child would believe that there are two thanksgivings for the whole country, i think that's highly unlikely that the way that the book is written. >> here on pages 46 through 49, we live together says the first thanksgiving was all about a lack of water for people walking up the el camino path in 1598. the pilgrims in the may flower aren't mentioned pages 136 through 139. >> they came to america for a better life. the pilgrims built a colony built plymouth. >> we are trying to make sure everybody has an equal opportunity in this country so the textbooks reflect that. james banks a leader in that area. >> james banks is the lead author of "we live together." he says banks was a prominent consultant for 1993's reflecting diversity. multi cultural guidelines for educational publishing professionals. >> he developed guidelines at that time for mcmillan-mcgraw
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hill in the early 1990s of how to depict male, female, ethnicities and it's just being careful in how you talk about things so that someone is not excluded. we're an inclusive nation. >> without curriculum intervention by teachers, the racial attitudes and behaviors of children become more negative. >> professor banks declined fox news reporting's request for an interview. >> none of the things that have been done in the name of multi culturallism have been shown to have had any effect whatsoever in terms of achievement for black and latino children. >> one of the origins goes back to the civil rights movement and the question was how to reduce what was seen as the alienation
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of black students from what was perceived as a white curriculum. instead of being a movement to help make sure that black children learned to read and wright and do arithmetic well, it became a movement to foment anti-american anti-western feelings. it became increasingly a regime of censorship. >> who are the language police? >> it is a kind of silent censorship regime that says you can't say this and you can't print that and it effects textbooks and educational testing. the textbook publishers have multi cultural advisory committees where they inevitably have someone representing every possible interest group. and so you have people who are trained to find bias where no one else would see it someone
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might find mice offensive. >> who being incentive to. >> people frightened by mice. most of the publishers have a list of images. you can't show women with big hair. i don't know who that offends. you can't have a picture of a woman cooking. that's considered a biased image because women are not supposed to cook. >> could you show a woman operating a jack hammer or other heavy machinery. >> yes it would be ok if women operate machinery. if you use any gender word that would be a form of bias. waiter or waitress are bias words. a couple of dictionaries have waitron. >> does not compute. does not compute. >> the bias and sensitivity review, protecting the world from assumption. >> avoid deep words. back woods man, bat man, german, garbage man. letterman, middle man, statesman, sports man, sports woman. man of war. >> that's good. >> yeah. >>
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>> i really wanted to do something that sort of had some importance. and thought this would be a great, great subject to tackle. >> what struck you? >> really the absurdity of the censorship and review boards. >> did you get any criticism at all. >> i got a little negative feedback from a couple of professors. >> what did they say? >> they blatantly disagreed with. so things that i was stating. >> walk us through the film. >> we get into a little quick scene of stereotyping about native americans. we don't want to display them as savages with taum -- tomahawks and scalp in their hands. they flip them the other way and show them as peace-loving, peace pipe smoking. >> there you go. glad we could be of service mr. native american. >> are these review committees open to everyone? >> no. these are trained people who have been trained to spot bias and insensitivity or anything that might disrupt or frighten somebody.
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>> so it sounds like a small group of unelected individuals has a lot of control over what our children learn. how do you break that? >> the bias and sensitivity reviewers work in secret. you have to be aware that these forces are operating and that these are forces that are dumbing down our kids. >> was christopher columbus a war criminal? and are some textbooks ghost written written in the answer just ahead.
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>> besides removing so-called offensive language and images from textbooks, the p.c. police have also done a number on american history. history books are quite critical of the u.s. showing all the terrible things we have done. racism, slavery and the interment of japanese in world war ii. they did not extend the criminal gaze to any other civilization. >> this is something that came up in one of my grandson's classes. the assignment was to decide whether or not columbus really did deserve a holiday and the children were given some rather biased selections to read. >> the spanish commander gave orders that the leading citizens who numbered over 100 and were roped together were to be tied to stakes set in the ground and burned alive. >> and all the children had decided that he didn't deserve a holiday. >> how do american children do in history? >> the one area where they do absolutely worst is u.s. history
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history. the majority of our high school seniors score below basic which is as low as you can go. >> in many cases, history isn't just being white washed, it's not being taught at all. here is a question for you. >> the war in vietnam was fought between blank and blank. 22% replied the war in vietnam was fought between north and south korea. the average course spends four minutes on vietnam. [explosion] >> another reason why the textbooks don't seem to get into anything real is that they are usually not written by the people whose names are on the covers. they are written by flunkies. i'm reading one of these books, "pathways to the present." all the way i say to myself, wait a minute, didn't i just
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read this? true enough, right over here in this other book paragraph after paragraph, these two books bike two completely two different sets of authors are identical. textbooks are almost set up to fail just by the way they are authored. >> professor brinkley, good morning. griff jenkins from fox news. >> this is alan brinkley, as the school's chief academic officer or provost he wrote this book the unfinished nation. his 2008 edition did not have the facts straight about the number of terrorist suspects charged sips the attacks of september 11th, 2001. >> sir, you talk about the suspect's -- september 11th. in the end you write quote only one such suspect was ever charged with a crime. that's not correct, is it, sir? you have nothing to say? >> at least 1 it it it 29 suspects had been convicted of terror-related charges in u.s. federal courts when professor brinkley's book was published. we posted their names on fox
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news.com. we asked him if he is planning to correct these inaccuracies in his next edition. here is his emailed response to fox news. quote: that new edition is expected to cost $77.81. the question remains, how are these mistakes making their way into textbooks? >> they are selling them on the basis of how they look and, in a way, they look good. they have colored pictures all over them. they have boxes all over the place. >> reading programs are 50 to 80-million-dollar investments. so, we certainly want to get it the way the customer wants it. >> unfortunately, the customer isn't the teacher. in 30 open territory states, publishers sale textbooks to individual school districts. another 20 states from what's called textbook adoption where the board of education chooses textbooks for the entire state. >> they respond to commercial
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pressures that are coming not from the marketplace but from textbook adoption committees, particularly in california and texas. those are the places where these various pressure groups focus their attention. >> every group wants to impose its will on textbooks. trying to brain wash or propagandize children in the hopes thinking they will grow up thinking about things the way you want them to think about things. so if you are a left-wing maxist group, you want them to grow up thinking that america is an oppressive capitalist plot to undo the working class. if you are a conservative group, you want kids to grow up thinking that america is a perfect place where everybody should enthusiastically wave the flag. >> and publishers began reacting to all these precious by censoring whatever was submitted to them.
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this is so deeply engrained in the textbook industry that they don't even have to be pressured anymore. >> the point is not to teach but to indoctrinate? >> the point is to create a world that doesn't exist. and to sanitize and clean up the world as it does exist. >> the forces of political correctness are at it again. >> boy were both boys but they did everything together. >> find out why a town in california is insisting that every second grader learns about gay penguins. >> fox news reporting continues. for strong bones, i take calcium. but my doctor told me that most calcium supplements... aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's different -- it's calcium citrate, so it can be absorbed with or without food. citracal.
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>> remember the good old days when it was homer simpson who taught parents how to talk to their kids about bullying. >> let me help you dry those tears. >> somewhere along the line, it looks like parents dumped that job on the schools. just outside san francisco, it looks like kids will be learning the four r's this year. reading, writing, arithmetic and reeducation. a vocal group of gay couples is pushing lesson number 9. a so-called anti-bullying lesson plan. that will teach kids in kindergarten through fifth grade about lgbt lesbian gay by sexual or trans againster lifestyles. >> i'm a gay dad. i have been with my partner for 15 years. we have raised both of our children since birth. we needed to address the issues of harassment. and we needed to address the issues of visibility and the district answered that call.
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>> unified school district is acting appropriately in response to both antidotal knowledge and data that anti-lbgt harassment does occur in our schools as it does across the other state and country. >> remember, this is about kindergarten through fifth grade. after this meeting we asked assistant superintendent sherot to provide that data she referenced on bullying. in an email she said quote i have referred tout district's legal counsel. it is appropriate that she respond. we're still waiting for that response. what we do know is out of the 140,000 schools in this country, from kindergarten through college, the fbi documented 135 bias incidents, based on sexual orientation in 2007. but none of these 135 incidents are specific to grades k through 5. and fox news reporting did not find any data evidencing bias incidents based on sexual orientation at the elementary
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school level. in 2007, or in any other year. >> the lgbt, i classified in the new bullies on the block. the school is not there to teach my child the social issues of life. that's my job. the problem is there is a group of adults who are trying to super impose their ideology on some children instead of just preparing teachers how to handle bullying or how to offensive language. >> so why have lgbt groups moved to the head of the class? fox news cameras were in the county to capture over 10 hours of heated public debate. on one side, angry parents. >> and they said oh, your mom is a lesbian. lesbian, your mom is a lesbian. and she said i didn't know what they meant. but i just felt really sad and i went and sat by myself. >> i'm 16 a sophomore at the
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community learning center. and avid fancy role player, a metal head and a homosexual. i have been harassed by other students in my classes and even began to consider to just stop trying in school and to just give up on life. >> on the other side, more angry parents. >> my child has been the product of bullying because he she is black. she has never viewed a single video in the classroom like eyes on the prize. the history of the buffalo soldiers or african-american woman riders from the 19th century. however, i am not requiring the unified school district. who is already strapped for cash to incorporate these changes because i know how to successfully parent educate and instill self-wealth. >> you are choosing a book and tango makes three for three years from the row from the american library association and again libraries are choices was the most challenged book.
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it's about two gay penguins who raise a baby penguin and they live happily ever after. nothing in this book about bullying and harassment. all about two male penguins. and the kids with traditional values are the ones that are considered, you know, bullies. and no one is there to advocate for them. >> so how did the school board vote on the curriculum change? >> member spencer. >> oppose. >> member man. >> yes. >> member manning. >> yes. >> member mooney? >> yes. [cheers and applause] and the lgbt side has it 3 to 2. in a state that ranked third from the bottom in 2007 in fourth grade reading scores, the second grade students will be required to read tango makes three. and by 3rd grade watch that's a family. >> the best dads ever. >> the idea that they want to force this on children and parents and not even allow parents to opt their children
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out proves there is an agenda and they want to force this down these young kids' throats. >> i spent three years as a volunteer at franklin elementary school. i experienced in those three years dealing with 40 kin kindergartners calling each other by a lot of different slurs, including the gay slurs that ms. england is says is just an agenda. it's not just an agenda. it was a need to keep the students safe. >> stop it what did you do to stop it? did you enforce the current school policy? >> would you let me finish my statement? >> what do you to stop the slurs? >> i dealt with that as a christian. >> i'm very excited about going home and kissing my boys and telling them that we have had a victory tonight. >> and the school board should be ashamed of itself when not only does it vote to approve such a measure but funds it in order to vote for it. >> this battle isn't over yet. 11 states around the country now have bullying laws that include
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sexual orientation. that means that this scene in almedo will be replayed in schools across the country. >> coming up, terrorists in our own backyard. learn how one school's valedictorian measured in terror and plotted to hey, smart, we could stay here for the conference. i'm a member of this hotel's loyalty program. well, how far away is it? okay, we take a train 40 miles to a dude ranch where we pick up a couple of horses that we ride to a nearby river. then we canoe upstream to a helicopter that takes us to the conference. or we could book with hotels.com and stay closer. see, with welcomerewards, no matter where you accumulate 10 nights, you get a free one. huh. smarter. [ male announcer ] accumulate 10 nights and get a night free. welcomerewards from hotels.com. smart. so smart.
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>> back in illinois, along with their daughter's 37-pound backpack to worry about. karen healey says that islam is taking over in her children's schools. >> i looked through the children's textbooks and started noticing how they slanted towards a certain religion. >> when your children went to public school, was it your impression that muslim students were treated differently from students of other religions? >> there were certain privileges given to the muslim students when it came to their fasting before ramadan. they were taken into different rooms during lunchtime. that was one reason why i chose to put my daughter molly back into a parochial school. >> did you raise this with the school? >> i did. >> and they said? >> they said it was teaching tolerance and i was being intolerant. >> out of 307 million americans, 1.8 million identify themselves as muslim americans that's less
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than 1% of the population. and, yet, for the past two decades muslims have had considerable influence over textbook content. >> the teachers know nothing about islam. the prentice hall book fails to mention that the terrorists of 9/11 were muslim radicals. in almost all textbooks terrorism is not identified as islamic. >> what does it call them? >> terrorists, period. makes it hard to understand what their motives were in a cowardly way of being deferential to the council on islamic education, which houghton mifflin uses as consultant. the editors removed jihad and shurea from high school books. >> we were known for the last 19 years as council on islamic education. two years ago we changed the
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name to institute on religion and civic values. >> since 1990, shabbir, man sir has been active to improve how they are portrayed. he works with textbook publisher publishers mifflin and mcgraw hill. >> forgive me in i am assume thawing don't know how the textbooks are published. but let me just walk you through very quickly. >> on his web site, he claimed he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the university of southern california. not true, according to our reporting and usc. after we brought this to his attention, the web site was quickly changed by the ircv's executive director munir sheik. he has a masters degree and got a film credit working where will smith on the movie ali. after turning down numerous
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interview requests, we showed up at public teaching workshop he was conducting in irvine, california. >> we were able to provide at least a, based on our expertises on the state standards and the first amendment guide, constitutional guide to teach about world religions. we were able to make those changes in the textbooks. >> can i ask you a quick question? you know, fox news producer? >> no, i can't. >> no? >> i just wanted to ask you a follow-up on what you were just talking about. >> i don't deal with media. and so i wouldn't want to go on the record. because i am not equipped to answer. >> shabbir sees as it a struggle for the hearts and minds of impressionable elementary school students. >> it's not a level playing field at all in american public schools religions. muslims are taught as historical fact whereas christianity and
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judaism are qualified properly when they talk about christianity jesus is believed to be the messiah. the tone of skepticism on moses claimed to have received the 10 commandments. he could have made the whole thing up. but, the corn -- koran is the revelation received by muhammad. >> nevada in virginia are two campuses of the islamic saudi academy. one in alexandria that teaches second through 12th grade and the other in fairfax teaching pre-k through first grade. fully funded by the kingdom of saudi arabia. for nearly 25 years the school has provided pre-k through 12 instruction to more than 1,000 students a year. they say they promote respect and mutual understanding between muslims and non-muslims. arabs and americans while keeping within the muslim faith.
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meet 1999 islamic saudi academy valedictorian turned al qaeda member ahmed omar abu ali. three months ago he was sentenced to life in prison for trying to assassinate president george w. bush. >> -- school will be the new form of al qaeda. it might not be as violent but it will be the new form -- the new face of al qaeda in london or madrid or washington, d.c. >> ali al ahmed is a muslim and sunni national. he is concerned that it promotes radical islam. >> they consider who is not a muslim or lives under muslim rule they consider that person to be unprotected. meaning that that person's death or killing is not considered a sin or a murder. >> in 2006, ahmed wrote this report which concluded that, quote, the saudi public school
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religious curriculum continues to propagate an ideology of hate toward the unbeliever. >> if you teach somebody from the age of 6 to the age of 18, have you them for the rest of their life. you don't have to spend a penny. that is part of the saudi plan. >> shortly after the report was issued, the united states commission on international religious freedom, an official government body, urged the state department to demand isa's textbooks be scrut niced for materials for quote promote violence, discrimination or intolerance based on religion or belief. the saudi government agreed it would quote revise and update textbooks to remove remaining reference that despage muslims or non-muslims or promote hatred towards other religions or religious groups. >> they brought two american professors who have some knowledge of arabic textbooks and they removed the obvious,
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you know, kill the jews, hate the christians, they are our enemies. >> this letter obtained by fox news reporting confirms that then brown university visiting fellow, dr. eleanor abdel la and university of north carolina charlotte anthropology professor reviewed the 2008-2009 first through 12th grade textbooks. they assured the isa's inspector general, quote: these 12 books do not contain inflammatory material. enough to do they encourage students to exhibit intolerance or violence against each other. we transcribed and found otherwise. >>
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they have not changed the message of those textbooks. they have expunged part of the curriculum to avoid critical reporting by fox news and other leading news organizations. >> we still wanted to talk to the professors. >> i talked to you on the phone yesterday from fox news. i would like to give you another opportunity to talk on camera. >> this is just unconscionable. i'm going to call the police. >> dr. gregory stareet did sit down for an interview and disagreed with our translations. >> let me rephrase that for a fox cable audience. and so the texts themselves don't make people do anything.
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the texts themselves are simply items to be discussed. >> you can tell me how much they paid you? >> nope. well, i could but there is really no point to it. >> this spring in saudi arabia, king abdullah has started making changes. >> in the biggest break with tradition he named a woman as deputy minister for education. the shake up will likely help tone down fundamentalism in the curriculum. >> back in fairfax the county held hearings to zoning to expand the academy's campus size. >> next we have captain mohammed was sam. >> called a breeding ground for terrorism. before i could take my soldiers to the academy my job as executive officer and security manager was make sure the academy was safe and conducive to learning environment. >> the majority of the hijackers from 9/11 were saudi nationals. they seem to think it's funny. most americans don't think it's funny. >> excuse me, please address the commission. >> i'm going to ask people who are opposed to the saudi academy
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expansion to please stand. >> we believe it a madrassa. >> it is a private school funded privately. >> owned and operated by the saudi government. >> by the saudi government, but it's not taking u.s. tax dollars. so why is it our business what they teach? >> we believe they're teaching sedition. >> talking about the children in these schools. they are victims. their parents want them to have an education. realize it or not, they are subjected to very toxic teaching that makes them grow up in this country and feel that they're alien, that they have to hate their neighbors. >> so the motion passes 6-4. >> i find it shocking that six of them would vote for it, frankly. i'm not sure whose concern they are looking out over. >> battle of revolution races on >> battle of revolution races on in a grudge [ male announcer ] there's complete. and then there's most complete. like what you get from centrum ultra men's.
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>> texas, it was the 28th state to join the union and second largest in the country. [gunfire] many battles have been waged here from the heroic last stabbed of davy crockett and 200 texas settlers at the alamo to general jack black pursuit of poncho via to the range wars.
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>> textbooks in texas are a big deal. we are the largest consumer of textbooks with a single statewide adoption. so for many publishers whatever texas wants, the rest of the country gets. in the beginning in particular our efforts were to monitor, expose, and counter the efforts of the radical right in texas. >> there is a famous couple in texas mel and norma gail lore. there gabler. there was a textbook where norma gabler there was more copy on marilyn monroe than there was on george washington. >> the gablers had passed away they passed their organization on to a man named neil fry who runs research analysts. >> we do not object to multi culturallism. we object to political correctness. >> we object to the use of group
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grievance to segregate and divide and alienate. >> do you people calling up saying my child's textbook says something outrageous? >> not usually to. catch these kind of things requires slow deep reading in a textbook. if you make a mistake you are dead especially as a christian conservative. >> how do you feel about depiction of the occult or super natural in textbooks. >> parents should have the opportunity to opt out of textbooks like that. >> we have seen textbooks that addressed suicide and death and dieing. >> couple people working here and yet you seem to have this outsized influence. why is that? >> the more you can influence publisher sales the more they will listen to you. various publishers have told us over the years i don't care if i'm not 00-ton top of your list but i don't want to be on the bottom. >> i disagree with these experts. sob has got to stand up experts. >> evolution deniers and owe opponent nents on the board have thumbed their nose at science. >> in texas the battle lines are drawn over how to teach charles
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darwin's theory of evolution. reigniting a debate that has ranged since the famous scopes monkey trial. >> the old texas rule required biology books to discuss scientific strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories. the new rule says basically the same thing. >> the chairman began introducing a flurry of convoluted and confusing amendments that would undermine the central tenets of the theory of evolution. many of those amendments got adopted. >> the other side are the ones that want to inject their ideology. instead of teach evolution they want to sell it you need to present all the facts. you need to present all sides. are we doing that in evolution in our books? no. >> they will want to read you a quote about yourself from cathy miller of the texas freedom network she says quote he was the ringleader in every sense in the fight to push phony weaknesses into our biology curriculum. how do you respond to that. >> science education has definitely become culture war
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because it has implications beyond science where did we come from? and phony weaknesses? they are not phony. she is clearly wrong. >> he believes the earth is less than 10,000 years old. dinosaurs and men walked the earth together. i sometimes call that yabba do science. >> may 28th, 2009, don mcleroy lost his post. some called it a witch-hunt. >> i was able to get all my republican support, all 19 senators. i needed two democrats that couldn't support me. >> you think you he was punished for his private views. >> yes. it was a form of religious persecution. >> did you know that college students spend an average of 900 bucks a year on textbooks alone? up next, you will meet two entrepreneurs who say they have a much better
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>> college students are getting fleeced. in 2009, college textbook sales are projected to rise 3.5% to more than $5 billion. tack on another 2.7 billion in used book sales and you are looking at some serious money. >> students have to pay whatever price the publisher charges for whatever product the publisher is going to sale. it's a textbook with a cd and work book packaged into it for $250. the students have to buy it. one of the reasons that we start the campaign is that students were really frustrated that they couldn't find used books. every few years publishers would come out with a new edition and all of the old books would become valueless. it's a tactic they use to get students to buy top dollar.
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>> instead of paying top dollar, some students are taking their business online. there is chegg.com. the netflix of textbook rentals. it offers to plant a free with each transaction. chegg.com partner the american forests global relief program is involved with president clinton's global initiative and the treasurer of american forests, caroline gable is director of an animal rights organization the shared earth foundation. >> the good news about textbooks is that i think they are gradually going to go the way of the dinosaurs. electronic alternatives are going to very slowly and gradually take over. >> new textbooks are just a download away thanks to the rapidly growing textbook market. in 2009, e-textbook sales are estimated to reach $120 million. that's up 10% from a year ago. >> the way publishers are moving into the digital age is with consortium called course smart. students go and purchase a pass code to use the book online or use the book as a downloadable
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file. >> in 2007, college textbook publishers joined forces to launch course smart. it offers subscriptions to more than 7,000 textbooks online. college kids on the go can download the textbooks to their laptops, their ipods, their iphones. >> we actually ran a study on this and found that those books are not priced to be fair to students. >> the make textbooks affordable campaign compared used textbooks to e-textbooks. here is what they found. on average students pay $109 for a used textbook. students can then sell that book back for approximately $73. so the total cost of the used textbook is $36. on average, students pay $73 for e-textbooks. e textbooks have expiration date after which they literally disappear that means no money back. >> what's evolved is called open textbooks. >> if you click on customize right here. it literally is this easy for
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you to change this book. >> tell me about flat world knowledge. >> still publish books the way we used to traditionally but then what we do is we turn around and we openly license back. we say the faculty adopter of that book to change it to fit your course. >> changing all content, basically ownership rights to you. >> we take the version that they modify and we make that openly freely available to students online. our business model to make money is we have soft coverage books on hand held readers, books on your iphone. the whole point is to make student consumer king. >> are you worried that people can add to your textbook. >> it adds value. they have to teach around the book. what we are saying is fine. just make the book more like what you teach. >> wiki textbook kind of thing. >> if you choose to share it back in our catalog. you may make it better back into
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our catalog. >> kiki textbooks, who is supposed to monitor this new system and keep professors honest? we asked college students to weigh. >> in i think it's wrong because, i mean, if there is no need to change the book, then why would they? >> it means less highlighting that's one good thing about it? >> i don't likelike that. i want the exact information it should be not what they feel to put in. >> are kids of the twitter generation victims of information overload? ohio can they tell the difference between fact and fiction? >> the textbook publishers are all keeping pace with the technology but still the predominant form is ink on paper. supposed to be one tool in the teacher's toolbox of how to get kids to do better. >> the publishers are going to keep using bias guidelines as long as they are making this multi-million-dollar investment in a textbook series. they want it to be offensive to nobody. >> i think the adoption process is a problem. textbook publishers hide behind it. >> you have a wonderful point in
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your book, you said i want members of the biased and sensitivity committees to worry that their decisions will not remain secret. i want them to be afraid of looking ridiculous. why is this cloaked in secrecy? >> because what they are doing is ridiculous. the irony of the bias and sensitivity review is it doesn't satisfy one group. it satisfies all groups. certainly doesn't improve text scores, it makes history more boring. >> fox news reporting
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>> as george orwell spent his life pointing out, if you can control the language people use, you can control what they think. nd controlling what your is dren think and believe precisely what those who sensor textbooks are striving to do. their goal isn't education, it's social change using your kids. hey've discovered it's a lot easier to force political propaganda on children than it political debates with adults. importance of teachers, i married one, in fact, and we applaud their efforts. but textbooks are everything an effect. e four and i hav school-aged children and we do guide them. but like most kids they spend as much time in the classroom as they do at home. the values they absorb here come from textbooks. .5 million kids who are homeschooled are affected. so if you haven't already, take at theirook